A loan of $450 helped to buy potato seed and organic fertilizer.

Mariano's story

Mariano is single and 25. He lives with his partner in Caserío Chuarixché in Tablón canton in Sololá, Sololá. He works hard as a farmer to support his family. He grows potatoes on a plot close to the house where he lives. Farming, which he learned from his parents many years ago, was his first job and has allowed him to earn enough money to help pay household expenses.

He has 10 years of agricultural experience and now needs a loan of Q 3,500 to buy potato seed and organic fertilizer for the best harvest season of the year and to plow other sections to plant more vegetables. He dreams of building a house to improve his family's standard of living, as they still live with his parents.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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